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Under Seal? No Big Deal!


Over the weekend, the New York Times ran this story about the editor of a Cleveland newspaper who spiked two stories because they were based on illegally leaked documents and might have sparked an investigation:

The editor, Doug Clifton, said lawyers for The Plain Dealer had concluded that the newspaper, Ohio’s largest daily, would probably be found culpable if the authorities were to investigate the leaks and that reporters might be forced to identify confidential sources to a grand jury or go to jail.

“Basically, we have come by material leaked to us that would be problematical for the person who leaked it,” Mr. Clifton said in a telephone interview. “The material was under seal or something along those lines.”

Yeah, something like that. Those pesky courts, always sealing records and thwarting the media


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